(3) Purdue (22-9, 11-7) against (6) Penn State (21-10, 10-8)
Line: Purdue -7
Purdue finished the regular season with a 51-62 defeat at Michigan State. Purdue couldn’t get things going offensively in the second half and shot just 28.3 percent from the floor for the game. Purdue has lost two in a row and three out of their last four.
It has been a season of ups and downs for the Boilermakers; however, this is the first time the Purdue issues can’t be linked to the absence of Robbie Hummel.
Penn State easily made it out of the first round of the Big Ten Tourney with a 66-51 defeat of Indiana. The Nittany Lions shot 49.1 percent and created 10 steals while holding the Hoosiers to just 36.7 percent shooting. Jamelle Cornley led the scoring charge for Penn State with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
These two teams split their regular season series with each team winning at home. Both teams are balanced on offense and defense. Penn State comes into this game having won three out of four and has the momentum advantage over Purdue, who has struggled over the past few weeks.
Dave’s Pick: Penn State +7
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